Surprise move sees Tony Douglas take up post of chief operating officer at Terminal 5 builder

Tony Douglas has quit BAA as chief executive officer of Heathrow and is joining Laing O’Rourke as its chief operating officer.

Douglas will be replaced by Heathrow managing director Mark Bullock at the end of the month according to a BAA statement.

Douglas was the managing director of the Terminal 5 construction project before being appointed airport managing director in March last year. In July 2006 he was appointed chief executive officer of Heathrow.

BAA Chief Executive Officer Stephen Nelson said: "Tony's outstanding achievement for BAA had been the development of Terminal 5, one of Europe's largest building projects, which remains on time and on budget."